|Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco|
Even if you approve of the president’s directive, you should at least admit that he is going about it in the wrong way. Ken Paxton reminds us that: “Control over intimate facilities in schools has always been left to the states. In Texas, for example, state law says that decisions over who uses what facilities will be made by local school districts.”
In order to mandate this directive, the Obama administration has had to reinterpret Title IX, which forbids sex discrimination in the schools. Back when it was passed in 1972, everyone knew what the word “sex” means. It means biological sex, and does not mean gender identity. The Obama administration changed the meaning of the word in order to push forward its transgender policy.
Ken Paxton points out that Congress know the difference between sex and gender identity. In fact, it has written laws to address both. Congress recently amended the Violence Against Women Act and the Hate Crimes Act to address both sex discrimination and gender-identity discrimination.
He has a recommendation for the president. If President Obama is unhappy that “gender identity” is not in Title IX, then amend the law. Urge Congress to do so. Go on TV and ask the American people to elect representatives to amend Title IX. What he cannot do is take out his pen and rewrite the law. Unfortunately, that is exactly what he is doing.
Kerby Anderson is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service
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